The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) is gearing up to host its fourth annual Scottish Cyber Awards.
Scotland’s cyber security community will gather at Edinburgh’s Sheraton Hotel on the 20th of November 2019, where the very best in Scottish cybersecurity will be highlighted and recognised.
Eamonn Keane, head of cyber security and innovation at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), said: “The cyber threat and our ubiquitous use of technology continues to grow. Scotland’s cyber industry and public sector continues to respond with tremendous agility and resilience to tackle and prevent harm to our communities.
“The Scottish Cyber Awards wishes to acknowledge this innovation, application and the excellent partnerships that have worked to deliver this resilience and growth.
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Chelsea Jarvie, security and information risk manager at the Scottish Government, will be one of this year’s judges.
She said: “Cyber security is booming in Scotland at the moment making it an incredible time to be involved in this industry. As a judge for the Scottish Cyber Awards this year, I will be looking for applications that show courage for driving fresh ideas and innovation in the field, be that through new technologies, inspiring awareness and education programmes or challenging poor diversity statistics.
“Scotland is striving to be a leading nation in security and resilience, and these awards will highlight those contributing beyond their day job to push security boundaries.”
Fellow judge Dr. Martin Beaton, Edinburgh satellite manager at EIT Digital, said: “In the judging this year I will be looking for entries that demonstrate a real step change in Scotland’s capabilities.
“Cyber Security is coming of age in Scotland and I will be looking for companies that really demonstrate that they are taking our industry to the next level.”
The awards this year will be hosted by Fred MacAulay, with Cabinet Secretary Derek Mackay MSP delivering a key note address.
Edinburgh-based cybersecurity firm, Adarma, has also been named as the event’s headline sponsor.
David Calder, Adarma co-founder, said: “The community is highly talented and inclusive. The Scottish Cyber Awards is a key event in the industry calendar and the event in Scotland that recognises the commitment and dedication of the community, celebrating the great things that are accomplished and welcoming new talent.
“It’s great that so many impressive experts and influencers attend the awards, teachers from universities who prepare new talent, organisations such as SBRC and Scottish Enterprise who support businesses, technology and service organisations who support the fight against cybercrime, and, of course, all the enterprise organisations including our customers that work as part of the community to keep their businesses and their customers safe.”
This year’s award categories include:
Best Cyber Breakthrough
Best Cyber Education Programme
Outstanding Cyber Team
Best Cyber Startup
Best New Cyber Talent
Collaboration with Police Scotland
Cyber Evangelist of the Year
Cyber Security Teacher of the Year
Leading Light Innovation Award
Outstanding Women in Cyber Award
A spokesperson for the event noted that winners and finalists “will secure additional funding, enhanced exposure and publicity”.
They added: “They are going on to do great things. And there is still time to apply for the awards and be in with a chance to have your name up there with many of the great cyber security firms of Scotland.”
Applications close on Friday 13th September. Tickets for the awards can be purchased through the cyber awards website www.scottishcyberawards.co.uk